Why study Japanese?
Refer to Language information on Page 14.
What is studied in Japanese?
An awareness of the culture and the society of Japan will go hand in hand with language learning as students
cover various topics: eating and drinking, daily routine and entertainment, personal identification and
relationships with other people, celebrations, weather and seasons, shopping and home life, health and
Students will be given the opportunity to partake in additional activities such as visits to Japanese restaurants,
demonstrations and watching Japanese DVDs. Students will also be encouraged to write to Japanese students
in Japan and may also be involved in Japanese language competitions. Successful completion of Year 9 and 10
Japanese is a pre-requisite for an optional St Rita’s tour to Japan at the end of Year 10 or Year 11.
Units are topic based and language and cultural components relevant to each topic are studied.
The study of Japanese provides a basis for further work in the language
which may lead to vocational opportunities. Employment prospects for
students fluent in Japanese are very good with job opportunities as
interpreters, teachers, advisers to commercial firms and government
departments. As the course strives to develop an appreciation of the
Japanese culture, this subject also serves to broaden the horizons of
participating students. The study of a foreign language also helps
student’s better grasp the structure and beauty of their own language.
Foreign languages traditionally lead to careers in diplomacy,
interpreting, tourism, journalism and teaching.